The Christmas Island Flying Fox population has declined by approximately 35% over the last six years. The reasons are poorly understood and it’s timely
to consider management actions that may improve their long term survival.
A PhD candidate is required to work on understanding the threats to this highly valued species, as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
Using targeted ecological fieldwork and decision analysis, this work will guide future decisions about the management and monitoring of this last remaining endemic mammal on Christmas Island.
The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Parks Australia staff on the island and with TSR Chief Investigators Dr Eve McDonald-Madden (UQ) and Professor John Woinarski (CDU).
The project will also work closely with Christmas Island Flying Fox experts from Taronga Conservation Society Australia and CSIRO.
The next round of domestic scholarship applications are due 22 April 2016 and international scholarships dates will be announced soon - more details on these scholarships can be found here.
Many of Australia’s possums and gliders are under threat. Good information about where different species are greatly assists conservation programs. Members of the public can play a valuable role in helping to collect this information in their own backyards, and surrounding parks and natural areas.
Red foxes are one of the greatest threats to Australia’s native mammals and pose a major risk to livestock. To combat this, Australia spends more than $16 million per year on red fox control, with much of that money directed to poison baiting.
An international study led by The Australian National University has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past 50 years.
The world is changing. Some of this change is planned and desirable. But much else is an unwanted consequence of the expansion of the human species. Those unwanted impacts will affect our lives and those of our descendants.
After undergraduate majors in Geography, Environmental Science and Botany, I did my PhD on native grasslands. I was struck by how these Critically Endangered ecosystems existing right on the edge of my city were being lost without most people even knowing about them – or understanding what amazing, super diverse ecosystems they are.